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250,000 Palestinians called to evacuate southern Gaza Strip

Photo: Bashar Taleb Agence France-Presse Palestinian women, one of whom is carrying a baby, leave Khan Younes after the evacuation order issued by Israel.

France Media Agency in the Gaza Strip

Posted at 8:57 a.m.

  • Middle East

The Israeli army on Tuesday bombarded the Gaza Strip, devastated by nearly nine months of war, in particular the south of the besieged Palestinian territory where it issued new evacuation orders, which concern “around 250,000 people” according to the UN.

“We saw people moving, families moving, people starting to pack,” said Louise Wateridge, a spokeswoman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to journalists in Geneva via video link from Gaza.

UNRWA “estimates that around 250,000 people have been affected by these orders,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army says it is continuing its operations in Shujaiya, in the center of the Gaza Strip, as well as in Rafah, in the south of the Palestinian territory, where it issued new evacuation orders to the population on Monday.

AFP images showed displaced families amid the ruins of the town of Khan Younes, fleeing once again on foot or piled up on trailers.

In addition to massive displacement, the war, triggered on October 7 by an unprecedented attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Israeli soil, has caused a humanitarian catastrophe in the territory cramped where 2.4 million inhabitants live according to the UN in “disastrous” conditions.

After launching a ground offensive on October 27 in the northern Gaza Strip, the Israeli army gradually moved south where it launched a ground operation on May 7 in Rafah, a border town with Egypt , then presented as the final stage of the war, pushing a million Palestinians to flee, according to the UN.

But in recent weeks, the fighting has again gained in intensity in several regions that the army had said it controlled, notably in the north of the territory.

“No place where stay »

The new evacuation orders issued by the Israeli army in the southern Gaza Strip came after Monday's claim of rocket fire towards Israel by Islamic Jihad, another Palestinian armed group.

The army said it had targeted the origin of these shots, in the vicinity of Khan Younes.

Palestinian medical sources reported at least eight dead and more than thirty injured in Israeli bombings in Khan Younes and Rafah.

The Israeli army also announced the death of two soldiers on Monday in the central Gaza Strip, bringing to 319 the number of soldiers killed since October 27.

In the north, the army says it is continuing its operations launched on June 27 in Choujaiya, claiming to have eliminated “many terrorists” there.

An AFP correspondent reported on Tuesday new bombings on this eastern neighborhood of Gaza City.

According to the UN, between 60,000 and 80,000 people fled these last days the bombings and fighting in Shujaiya.

“We fled Shujaiya. The situation is very difficult. We have no place to stay,” said a Palestinian who found refuge in western Gaza City.

The Israeli army's offensive in the Gaza Strip has killed 37,925 people since October 7, mostly civilians, according to data from the Health Ministry of the Hamas-led Gaza government.

It was launched after the Hamas attack, which resulted in the death of 1,195 people, the majority civilians, according to an AFP count established from official Israeli data . Of 251 people kidnapped during the attack, 116 are still being held hostage in Gaza, among whom 42 are dead, according to the army.

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Accusations of “torture”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had stated more than a week ago that the “intense” phase of the war was coming to an end.

“We are moving towards the end of the phase of eliminating the terrorist army of Hamas” in power in the Gaza Strip since 2007, he said again on Monday.

“We have heard the Israelis speak of a significant decrease in their operations […]. “That remains to be seen,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

On Monday, dozens of Palestinian prisoners, including the director of Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital, Mohammed Abu Salmiya, were released by Israel and transferred to hospitals in Gaza, according to a medical source.

Mr. Salmiya claimed to have been subjected to “severe torture” during his seven months of detention. “The prisoners are subjected to all kinds of torture,” he accused. “Many prisoners died. »

In Israel, Mr. Netanyahu denounced this release as a “serious error”, believing that “the place of this man, under whose responsibility our hostages were killed and held, is in prison”, the Shin Beth (Internal Security) invoking a way “to free up places” in the prisons.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

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